Keller Citizen

Lady Falcons, Indians prepare for playoffs

Timber Creek’s Micaela Birt, left, battles Byron Nelson’s Maddie Turlington in their first district match. Nelson has the lead in district, while Timber Creek will take the fourth playoff spot.
Timber Creek’s Micaela Birt, left, battles Byron Nelson’s Maddie Turlington in their first district match. Nelson has the lead in district, while Timber Creek will take the fourth playoff spot. Star-Telegram Archive

Keller and Timber Creek are assured of playoff spots in this year’s girls soccer postseason, and the teams will finish their regular season on Friday.

Keller was in second place behind Byron Nelson and Timber Creek was in fourth.

Nelson had just a one-point advantage over the Lady Indians, with Keller taking on Northwest to finish up the district schedule.

A Keller win and Nelson loss could push the teams into a swap of the top two spots.

Nelson was taking on Fossil Ridge on Friday. But Ridge has managed just four standing points this season to Nelson’s 22.

Timber Creek will finish against Central on Friday after already cementing its spot in the playoffs.

The Lady Falcons are entrenched in the final playoff spot, with Guyer and Central behind them and unable to catch Timber Creek.

But, with Denton Ryan just a point ahead of Timber Creek, a Ryan loss to Guyer and a Falcons win over Central on Friday could give Timber Creek the third seed.

Timber Creek head coach Mike King said the knowledge that his team is locked in for the playoffs can help them settle in and be more focused.

The same sense of ease was echoed by Keller head coach Billy Griffiths. The Lady Indians are coming off a 4-0 win over Fossil Ridge last week, during the limited spring break schedule.

Timber Creek had beaten Guyer last week in its only game of the week, 1-0 to help distance the Lady Falcons from the Lady Wildcats and Lady Chargers.

Looking ahead for Keller and Timber Creek to the first round of the playoffs is a bit of a guess.

District 6-6A, the bi-district matchup for 5-5A, still has three games remaining which may impact the standings in that division.

Those teams will play two games this week and then conclude on March 23.

As it stands, though, Keller could face McKinney Boyd while Timber Creek would take on Hebron.

That first round of the playoffs can start as early as March 26, a Thursday.

King said he would prefer – and will push for – a Thursday game due to having such a long layoff compared to 6-6A’s Monday finish.

Central battled Nelson last week in their game but came away on the short end of a 2-1 decision.

A win would have pushed the Lady Chargers into contention for a playoff spot and made the game with Timber Creek a critical do-or-die contest.

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